By Christopher CorÃ¨don
An curiosity within the heart a long time frequently brings the non-specialist reader up brief opposed to a notice or time period which isn't understood or purely imperfectly understood. This dictionary is meant to place an finish to all that: it's been designed to be of actual aid to common readers and experts alike. The dictionary comprises a few 3,400 phrases as headwords, starting from the felony and ecclesiastic to the extra prosaic phrases of lifestyle. Latin was once the language of the church, legislations and govt, and plenty of Latin phrases illustrated listed here are often present in glossy books of heritage of the interval; equally, the ideal which means of outdated English and center English phrases could elude contemporary reader: this dictionary endeavours to supply readability. as well as definition, etymologies of many phrases are given, within the trust that realizing the foundation and evolution of a be aware provides a greater realizing. There also are examples of medieval phrases and words nonetheless in use this present day, another reduction to clarifying which means.
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OFr. barre = a bar] Barragium. Latin term for a toll paid for crossing a bridge or passing a barrier. – Cf. Pontage Barrator. One who sold and bought ecclesiastical preferment and offices; also a politician who took bribes. Later the word came to be applied to troublemakers in general. [< OFr. barateor = cheat, trickster] Barrister. Title of an English lawyer who has been called to the bar and can plead in the higher courts. The first element of barrister comes from the word ‘bar’; the -ister element is perhaps cognate with the French -ist suffix which forms agent nouns.
Biblia pauperum. Lit. *‘Bibles of the poor’. These Bibles were in fact versions replete with illustrations but with little text. As with paintings on the walls of churches, they were intended to teach the illiterate. Such books are also known as ‘block books’, that is they were made from wood blocks onto which the picture and minimal text were engraved for printing. ) These Bibles first appeared during the 13c. 40 a dictionary of medieval terms and phrases Bibliotheca. A library. Bight. A bend; used geographically, a bend in a river.
Someone who was neither Greek nor Roman, whose speech was unintelligible. Connotations of ‘uncouth, barbaric’ are to be observed from its earliest uses, and these came to predominate. – Cf. Gothic; Heretic; Seely Barbe. The tall pleated linen collar worn by nuns and widows. Barbers of London, Company of. e. surgeons) was established in 1461 by Edward IV, in an attempt to deal with the problem of unqualified surgeons. By the time of Henry VIII, an examination was required to practise in London, overseen by the bishop of London and four qualified doctors.
A Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases by Christopher CorÃ¨don